Dec. 8, 2007
Los Angeles, CA - Senior Amanda DeCoud set new career-highs with 21 points and eight assists to lead LMU to an 80-64 non-conference victory over Cal Poly Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. Freshman Renehy Young added her second straight 23-point performance to tie her career high for the Lions (6-4), who have won four straight at home and drop the Mustangs (3-6) to their third consecutive loss.
Four days after shooting 61% in a 55-point second half against Fresno State, the Lions stayed hot, shooting 50% in the first half and 48.1% (25-for-52) overall. The Mustangs had no answer for the penetration of DeCoud and Young, who continually drove the lane for layups or were fouled. Cal Poly committed 31 fouls on the afternoon, resulting in 47 LMU free throws. The only downside to LMU's performance was at the line, where they made just 26 (55.3%).
DeCoud went 7-for-9 from the charity stripe with Young doing the same from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. DeCoud added five rebounds and three steals. Senior Valerie Ogoke chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds to help the Lions win the battle of the boards, 44-42.
Cal Poly was led by Lisa McBride's 17 points. Sparkle Anderson and Megan Harrison each added eight points, with Harrison grabbing seven rebounds and Anderson dishing five assists. The Mustangs shot 32.3% (21-for-65) from the floor, 34.8% (8-for-23) from three-point range, and 63.6% (21-for-65) at the line.
Cal Poly led 7-6 four minutes in before fouls started catching up with the Mustangs. LMU was shooting in the bonus at 12:40 as the foul count stood at 9-1 at one point. DeCoud was the main beneficiary of the whistles, scoring eight of LMU's first 11 points, including four from the line.
It was Young's long range shooting that allowed the Lions to pull away. Coming off her career-high 23 points on Wednesday night, she knocked down back-to-back three-pointers from the right side to turn an 11-all tie into a 17-11 LMU lead at 11:42. The two threes kick-started a 12-2 LMU run.
The frenetic pace favored the Lions, who made 10 of their first 17 shots. Cal Poly stayed close, with a three-pointer by Brittany Asplund cutting it to 29-26 with five minutes left. However, Young answered right back with her third triple of the game to restore the six-point lead.
A jumper by McBride pulled the Mustangs to within two, 34-32, prompting an LMU timeout. The Lions became more aggressive out of the huddle, with DeCoud and Young driving the lane for baskets. Young's hot streak continued as she made her first five shots from the floor and finished the half with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting. She and DeCoud combined for 27 points in the opening 20 minutes as LMU took a 39-36 lead into the locker room.
Young came out strong in the second half, spinning to the basket for a layup and adding a free throw as LMU opened the half on a 16-3 run. A three-pointer on the break by sophomore Lisa Helmers put LMU up ten while the Lion defense was holding the Mustangs scoreless for almost five minutes.
After LMU increased its lead to 16, Cal Poly took advantage of LMU foul trouble to crawl back to within nine. The Mustangs were shooting in the bonus at 13:25 and got back to 55-46 before Young went inside for a layup to make it a double-digit lead again. That would be as close as the Mustangs would get as LMU grew its advantage to as many as 21.
On the heels of LMU's 81-75 win on Wednesday, the 80-point performance against Cal Poly marks the first time since 2000 that the Lions have broken the 80-point plateau in back-to-back games.
LMU closes out its three-game home stand next Saturday when it hosts UC Irvine at 2 p.m. Saturday will be LMU Summer Camps Reunion Day, where any child who wears an LMU Summer Camp t-shirt will be admitted free.